Presidential Chocolate Mousse
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by Matt
1d ago
Presidential Chocolate Mousse by Ron Crafts Founder and Speed Demon When the Winter Olympics came to Utah in 2002, Culinary Crafts was asked to cater all the major events for the games, including several large galas for the International Olympic Committee, the Salt Lake Olympics Committee, and Sports Illustrated. We had done huge events before, but catering so many all at once would push our resources to the limit. It quickly became apparent that we wouldn’t be able to accept any more event requests until after the games. Then, one morning in October, we got a call from the White House. “We w ..read more
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Apple Spice Cake
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
1w ago
by Hattie Sandy Field Kitchen Manager I come from a family of bakers and chefs. My grandma would never sit down and eat with the rest of us because she was always serving at every meal. She had a china cabinet full of homemade caramels, turtles, pralines, and chocolate-covered cinnamon bears, plus plates of buckeye peanut butter balls and other treats scattered all over her house. My mother was an amazing cook too. People don’t believe me when I tell them, but throughout my whole childhood I never saw Mom make the same meal twice, unless it was to improve on a dish she wasn’t satisfied with ..read more
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Guasacaca
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by Matt
3w ago
by Mosiah Guerrero Production Chef Growing up, I loved to watch my mother cook. She came from a generation who believed that cooking was only for women, so she was a little annoyed to have her youngest son following her around the kitchen all the time, getting in the way. She would tell me to go play outside, but all I wanted to do was be in the kitchen with her, watching and learning. Whenever Mom left the house, I took it as an opportunity to practice cooking. The dish I always tried was arroz con leche, a kind of rice pudding that we make in Venezuela with condensed milk. Unfortunately, I ..read more
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Christmas Bagels
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by Matt
1M ago
With all the chocolates, sugar cookies, gingerbread, fudge, candy canes, and other sweets that bombard us around Christmas, wouldn’t it be great to have a more satisfying treat on hand? Something both festive and filling? Something like…Christmas bagels? I like to make these Noel nibbles every December to celebrate the season while taking a break from all the sugary sweets. Not only are these Christmas bagels delicious and visually stunning, but they’re also a great excuse to recruit a loved one to help you in the kitchen. Your kids can form great memories of rolling the colorful dough and sh ..read more
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The Great Turkey Shortage of 2022
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
2M ago
This year’s massive turkey shortage may leave people scrambling to find their Thanksgiving turkey. For years, the price of turkeys has been climbing due to inflation and rising costs of labor, fuel, fertilizer, and food for livestock. On top of that, a particularly deadly strain of avian flu hit in 2022, wiping out over 50 million birds across 43 states, including 6 million turkeys. In Utah’s Sanpete County alone, nearly half a million turkeys have died from the disease. What does that mean for home chefs? Well, unless you’re willing to pay an arm and a drumstick for your Thanksgiving protein ..read more
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Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken Chili
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
3M ago
Every year, around this time, our father makes his famous Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken Chili. Even though Dad is officially retired, he can be seen here in the kitchen practically every day making lunches for the team, helping out in a crunch, or sharing the awesome culinary expertise he gained over decades of catering. His Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken Chili is a favorite with the team here at Culinary Crafts: seriously, it is sooo good! It’s like a spicy, warm, welcoming Thanksgiving hug. One of the key ingredients in Pumpkin Chipotle Chicken Chili—and in a lot of the other delicious, picante dishes ..read more
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Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life!
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
3M ago
photo courtesy of Pexels If your favorite part of autumn is the return of pumpkin spice, we feel you! That first chill in the air makes us start salivating for that sweet, fragrant flavor we all love. But rather than waiting for that magical moment when pumpkin spice appears in bakeries and coffee shops, why not make it yourself? Homemade pumpkin spice in less expensive than store-bought, and it tastes way better when you make it fresh. Plus, you can fine-tune the flavors until you reach pumpkin perfection! This recipe is great on lattes and smoothies, as well as pumpkin pie, cookies, cupc ..read more
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Brioche Bread PBJ
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
5M ago
Peanut butter and jelly (or jam) sandwiches are icons of American childhood. In fact, the average American kid eats more than 1,500 PBJs before graduating high school and will consume almost 3,000 over their lifetime. The PBJ is a perennial favorite in school lunches and after-school snacks because it’s delicious, quick, simple, and cheap to make. But it can be so much better with homemade brioche bread! If you were like most kids, the sandwiches you grew up on were made with highly-processed, store-bought bread that was…unremarkable. Let’s be honest; the bread was just there to help get the ..read more
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Full-Service Catering: The Culinary Crafts Mission
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
5M ago
Last Saturday we catered a gorgeous wedding at Midway, Utah’s beautiful River Bottoms Ranch. During the photo shoot, one of the brides was having trouble keeping part of her dress in place. The planner had forgotten to bring fashion tape, so she approached a member of our team and asked him if, by any chance, he might have some tape to help fix a dress. “Like this?” he offered, producing a roll of fashion tape. The planner was stunned. “Why do you have that?” she marveled. He smiled. “We try to be ready for anything. You wouldn’t believe the things we’ve seen.” It’s true. As Utah’s top full ..read more
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Top Tips for How to Involve Pets in Your Wedding
Culinary Crafts Blog
by Matt
6M ago
We love the growing trend—especially among millennials—of making pets part of the wedding celebration. After all, weddings are a time to be with family and loved ones, those who bring you joy and smiles, right? For those of us whose pets are bona fide members of the family, it doesn’t seem fair to leave them out of the big day just because they might drool a little and beg for scritches. At the same time, if you’re going to bring a pet, you need to keep your guests (furry and otherwise) comfortable and safe. Here are our top tips for how to involve pets in your wedding celebration. Check the ..read more
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